The Blueway is the French Broad River through Woodfin as a vital on-the-water recreational corridor. Currently, there is only one public access site to the river in Woodfin – at Riverside Park – and it has fallen into disrepair. Because of lack of good access, very few people enjoy the beautiful French Broad river in Woodfin for fishing, paddling, and tubing. The vision is for a fully accessible, vibrant, and naturally beautiful river corridor.
Creation of the Blueway will bring these improvements:
- A modern new access ramp – for trailered boats and all users – is included in the plans for Silver-Line Park. Plenty of parking as well.
- Expansion and improvements at Riverside Park will also provide for a new trailer-accessible access ramp, environmental restoration, and generous parking.
- The Whitewater Wave will add fun and excitement to the river trip through Woodfin. It will have convenient access beaches both above and below the Wave. It will be fun and exciting for novices and experts.
- Full-service outfitters that provide boat and tube rentals, shuttles, and public parking are expected to locate along the river in Woodfin.
- The Greenway along the French broad will allow floaters a convenient way to get back upstream or go downstream on bicycle or foot as part of their river experience.
- The Blueway project will greatly expand the recreation corridor for the river, from upstream of Asheville and the River Arts District, through Woodfin and beyond.
With these great improvements, the Blueway will connect people with the water like never before.
Cost and Funding
Costs for the access ramps and other connections are included in the development plans for Silverline Park, the Wave, Riverside Park Improvements, and the Greenway.
Timeline for Development
Blueway elements will be designed and constructed at different times over the three years as Silverline Park, then Wave, Riverside park improvements, and the Greenway are developed. See the timeline by clicking here.